DAVID DEL TREDICI 1937

David Del Tredici, born March 16, 1937 in Cloverdale, California, is an American composer. According to Del Tredici's website, Aaron Copland said David Del Tredici "is that rare find among composers — a creator with a truly original gift. I venture to say that his music is certain to make a lasting impression on the American musical scene." After making his piano debut with the San Francisco Symphony at 17, he went on to receive a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.F.A. in 1964 from Princeton University, studying with composers Earl Kim, Seymour Shifrin, and Roger Sessions. Official website Much of his early work consisted of elaborate vocal settings of James Joyce (e.g. I Hear an Army, Night Conjure-Verse, and Syzygy) and a decade long obsession with the work of Lewis Carroll (e.g. Pop-Pourri, An Alice Symphony, Vintage Alice, Adventures Underground, and Final Alice).
   Del Tredici was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for In Memory of a Summer Day, the first part of Child Alice, recorded by Phyllis Bryn-Julson and the Saint Louis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin for the Nonesuch label. Sir Georg Solti made the first recording of his epic Final Alice" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His later works have included vocal settings of contemporary poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Thom Gunn, Paul Monette, James Broughton, Colette Inez, and Alfred Corn, often celebrating a gay sensibility (e.g. Gay Life, Love Addiction, and Wondrous the Merge ). Out Magazine has twice named him one of its people of the year. While trained in serial technique, Del Tredici now writes in a tonal style; he is one of the clearest exemplars of neoromanticism.

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